March 30th - Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 30, is the anniversary of the day in 1973 that U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. For the past three years, the U.S. Senate has passed resolutions introduced by Sen. Richard Burr to have March 30 recognized as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. To read more click here.
June 18th - First Ever Tee it up for the Troops "Women Teeing it up for Women Veterans" Event to be held at The Wild's Golf Course in Prior Lake, MN. This is an all women's event with the men providing their support through financial donations or assisting with bag drop.
June 22nd - First Ever Tee it up for the Troops "Vietnam Veterans" Golf Event to be held at Emerald Greens in Hastings, MN. It is time for our Vietnam Veterans to be honored and "Welcomed Home" with cheers and thanks for serving their country.
with Lakefront Music Fest
The Prior Lake Rotary Club announced that country music artist Travis Tritt and classic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revisited will headline the Lakefront Music Fest, a two-day event at Lakefront Park in Prior Lake on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. Lakefront Music Fest, formally known as the Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival, is taking on a new name and new format. To read the full story click here.
Tee it up for the Troops is hoping to sell 500 raffle tickets for prizes that can be won at this event. To view the flyer with the prize information and how to purchase a raffle ticket click Raffe Flyer. Tee it up for the Troops is also looking for volunteers to help staff the event. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us by sending an email to us here.
TIUFTT Chapter Websites
If you are interested in starting a TIUFTT Chapter in your area please contact our national office.
Welcome to the March issue of our monthly newsletter. Last month was National American History Month and what better way to commemorate it than by taking time to swing a golf club to raise funds for our military veterans and their families. Local Minnesotans were able to do just that at this year's 2012 Minnesota Golf Show.
Thanks to Hubbard Broacasting/1500 ESPN for their support in securing a booth for Tee it up for the Troops at the MN Golf Show held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on February 17-19th. They also provided the Optishot Challenge and some prizes to raise monies for our military veterans and their families. For a $5 donation individuals attending the Golf Show could take three swings using the Optishot equipment and software for a chance to win a prize by landing their golf ball on the green.
Over the three day period Tee it up for the Troops raised $1,600. At the end of the weekend a drawing was held for the the grand prize which included an Optishot unit, software and a flat screen TV. The winner was Ian Skule of Richfield, MN.
Thank you to all the volunteers and celebrities that volunteered their time to work at our booth during the Golf Show. Pictured below are some photos taken during the event.
|Heidi Collins, News Anchor at Fox 9 News and TIUFTT Board Member, and Matt Blair, MN Vikings|
|Pictured (L-R) Nancy Christopherson - TIUFTT Executive Director, Randall McDaniel - MN Vikings, Jen Gouette - Freedom is Sweet Volunteer, and Jim Sullivan - Vietnam Veterans Event Chair.|
|2012 PGA Merchandise Show
The 2012 PGA Merchandise Show was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL on January 26-28th. Tee it up for the Troops had a number of volunteers that attended the event to work at our booth as well as the Full Swing booth who hosted a fundraiser for Tee it up for the Troops during the show.
|Banner that Full Swing displayed to promote their Tee it up for the Troops fundraiser. |
All participants attending the show could make a $5 donation to take 3 shots in the Full Swing Golf Simulator for a chance to win a prize. Several of our country's wounded warriors volunteered their time to work at the booth and challenge show participants to beat their best shot. Pictures from the event are shown below.
|Chris Bowers, Wounded Warrior, volunteering at the Full Swing Golf Simulator. |
|Kim Schuster, TIUFTT Volunteer, gives a yellow ribbon and TIUFTT pin to a Wounded Warrior in appreciation of his service to our country. |
|Thank You Aluma Trailers
|Tee it up for the Troops is excited to have received an extraordinary gift from Aluma Trailers. You can learn more about them by visiting their website atwww.aluma.com. Thank you to Mike Lloyd, Marley Lloyd, and their great staff at Aluma for the generous donation. We appreciate the gift and appreciate having such wonderful people support and be a part of the Tee it up for the Troops mission to honor, respect, remember and support all those who have served in our Armed Forces for this great nation.
|TIUFTT Board Member Gives Back
One of the newest additions to the Tee it up for the Troops Board of Directors is Paul Anderson. In February of this year he joined "Serving Our Troops" in Kuwait to serve steaks to the troops.
We currently have 2,700 MN National Guard (Red Bull) soldiers who are deployed to Kuwait and should be coming home in May with another successful Mission under their belt! We still have 500 MN National Guard Soldiers in Afghanistan at the moment as well as all our country's Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Sailors serving in forward operating bases throughout the world. We thank each and every one of them for all they do to protect us!
|Thank You to Event Hosts
|Thanks to all the clubs, courses and communities that hosted a TIUFTT event in 2011. We value your support and look forward to a long partnership in helping our most deserving veterans and their families. Listed below are all of our 2011 Event Hosts.
Sea Pines CC, Sea Cliff CC, Pinnacle Peak CC, Black River Falls Golf Course, Bristol Ridge, The Jewel, Bunker Hills GC, Willow Creek GC, Mankato GC, Mankato Riverfront Park, Mendakota CC, Oak Marsh, Hunting Creek CC, Alta Vista CC, Crystal Springs, Mirasol CC, Skyline CC, Vista Valley CC, Oak Hills CC, Hasting Courses (Emerald Greens, Bellwood Oaks, Hidden Greens, Afton Alps), Commonground GC, Osaukee CC, Bakersfield CC, Central Illinois (Weaver Ridge CC, Peoria CC, Mt. Hawley), Oak Glen CC, St. Croix National GC, Thunder Canyon CC, Lake Susan Neighborhood in Chanhassen MN, Federal Cartridge Employees, Clint Parker and Friends, and Dino's Event at Prestwick GC
The following list is all the events that have been scheduled for 2012 as of the date of this newsletter.
|Click here to read the full article about one of our 2011 Tee it up for the Troops events that was held at Sea Pines Country Club in October 2011.|
If you have an interest in supporting our military veterans and their families by hosting a fundraising event, please visit our Organize a Fundraiser page on our website or contact the Tee it up for the Troops national office by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to guide you through the planning and execution of your fundraiser of choice.
- Pinnacle Peak (Scottsdale, AZ) March 14
- Women Teeing it up for Women Veterans TIUFTT Event (Prior Lake, MN) June 18 at The Wild's
- Vietnam Veterans TIUFTT Event (Hastings, MN) June 22 at Emerald Greens
- The Jewel TIUFTT Event (Lake City, MN) (Date TBA)
- Bunker Hills TIUFTT Event (Coon Rapids, MN) August 24 at Bunker Hills Golf Course
- Tune it up for the Troops Concert (Mankato, MN) August 26 at Riverfront Park
- Tie it up for the Troops Run/Walk (Mankato, MN) August 26 ends at Riverfront Park
- MankatoTIUFTT Event (Mankato, MN) August 27 at Mankato Golf Course
- Central Illinois TIUFTT Event (Peoria, IL) August 27 at Mount Hawley or Country Club of Peoria
- Rochester TIUFTT Event (Rochester, MN) August 30 at Willow Creek Golf Course
- Crystal Springs Country Club (New Jersey) September 7
- Mendakota CC TIUFTT Event (Mendota Heights, MN) September 7
- Alta Vista CC TIUFTT Event (Placentia, CA) September 10
- Sea Cliff TIUFTT Event (Huntington Beach, CA) September (Date TBA)
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